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Old 07-26-2009, 04:38 AM
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September on the Cape

Hi Everyone

I am thinking about going back to Chatham for a week or so with a Danish friend in September.

What is the fishing like?
Are the usual spots the places to go?

Any help would be very much appreciated.
Maybe I can catch a real cow as defined by everyone.

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Old 07-26-2009, 06:11 AM
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Pete, usual suspects should be around in September for intel. Last year was hit or miss, but last spring was the same way. This spring, as you know, was very good. Migration begins in September, and if the bait is near shore, it should be good. Sept 18th is a new moon, big tides to get things moving.
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Old 07-26-2009, 06:57 AM
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Averaging over the years September is typically amazing because of the infusion of bunker, the availability of small inshore tuna family species, the thick bodied summer fat rich stripers and blues, and the cooling trend livening up dead zones.

Each year is different and this year tends to be cooler thus the excellent action we're having now in what is normally the dog days. I don't think that will affect fall fishing.

I get wanderlust for greased line fishing for summer steelhead out in the pacific northwest around that time, but the cape fishing is definitely good in September.

I can tell you it's good now - I haven't caught a schoolie for days, every fish is taking 50-100 yards of backing.
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jinxed it!

Got one big run from a blind cast striper but landed zero, saw nothing on the flats in two hours of flood tide where there were keepers everywhere earlier in the week. That'll teach me to hook and tell.

Heading out for evening vengeance before calling this weekend over though
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September can either be great or one of the toughest months of the season, especially early Sept (depending on the peanut bunker situation). Late Sept would be a safer bet. I would definitely consider visiting Rhode Island for hard tails over Chatham that time of year. Montauk can be excellent too...
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Taking a broader year-range average - typically Woods Hole to Hardings has great hardtails in September, I like Rhody better in October for them or August on their way up. Who knows what this year will bring, no sense in guessing best to observe and react.

Chatham means the refuge, outer beaches, Chatham Inlet, 15 minute bayside access and soundside action e.g. the elbow's many sides. I'll definitely report on the situation from a resident's perspective as the fall approaches.
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